Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 5th March 2017

Chelyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 26th February 2017

EVENTS Because of the response to our coach trip to York on Thursday 13th July, Roger might be booking a second coach. For anyone interested please phone 01785 212412 as soon as possible please.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week our researcher Vi will be helping Pauline at 11am and Olwen at 12pm in researching their family trees of Hodgkiss & Morgan and Somerfield respectively. Open to everybody.
REQUESTS Our author Dr Alan Jones is still researching the Edalji affair and he is currently looking into the life and times of Dr John Kerr Butter who lived at Highfield House, Wolverhampton Road, Cannock from the 1890s until his death in 1920 and enquires if anyone has information on this gentleman.
RESPONSES More on Albert, son of our Manchester United’s Mac Potts and Jenni, nee Homeshaw from Australia responds with more memories re Maurice Stokes and her times at school and at the ‘brilliant’ St Mark’s Youth Club.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A few items of interest donated by Eddie Wise include an old raw plug tool with fibre raw plugs, an early Victorian hand made furniture pin and two pen nibs. Also three twopenny tokens to be spent behind the bar, two from the Lord Nelson and one from the Cheslyn Hay WMC, donated by Don Kingston.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Sale of freehold investment properties and land in Cheslyn Hay by the trustees of the late T A Hawkins which include details of annual incomes and tenancies of 19, 21, 23 Rosemary Road, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84, 86, 61, 63, 65, 67 Low Street, 132, 134, 136, 138, 140, 142, 144 High Street, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47 Saredon Road, Glenthorne House converted to 3 dwelling houses and a field, the site of the Sewage Works, in Saredon Road. Staffs Advertiser dated 12 Feb 1948. Newspaper Reports £1 each.
2nd March 1967 The success of the Cheslyn Hay’s County Branch Library with their two library assistants Miss J Humpherson and Miss C Denny
3rd March 1917 The outcome of the Billiard Tournament at the local Institute naming D Brian, F Pearson, F Smith and Mr T Williams.
3rd March 1917 Mr T A Hawkins meeting the Allotment Committee and allotees at the Institute to consider the Potato Seed Question, which is undoubtedly a very important matter for the Parish Council and the allotees. Full details given.
3rd March 1917 Crib Tournament at the local Working Men’s Club and Institute naming all the winners.
3rd March 1917 A very well-known and respected citizen, Mr John Hawkins of Low Street passed away on Thursday. Full details given.
3rd March 1917 An inquest on Henry James Gilbert (45) Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay, who met his death while at Great Wyrley Colliery on February 21st with full details with Mr A E Fereday, Charles Gilbert, Isaac Clewley, S Price and Mr Browell.
3rd March 1917 Raising funds for the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society, a very successful concert was held at the Salem Sunday School, with details of Miss Scragg, the assistant teachers of the Infants School, and her pupils and the parts they played including in the play “Babes in the Wood”, with Raymond Allen, Doreen Smith, Florence Westwood, D Warrender, Gwennie Davis, L Schofield, Gladys Elwell, A Altree and E Boulton. Another play “Sleeping Beauty” in which the principal parts were taken by George Jones, Dorothy Wesley, Evelyn Perks, Ellis Wright, Elsie Price, Gertrude Turner, Edith Wilcox and Alice Morgan.
MEMORIES This week we complete the Cliff Titley interview with stories of Albert Jackson, Albert ‘Blower’ Russell and Charlie Fletcher, who was also the caretaker at the Salem.
WWI COMMEMORATION This March we commemorate the death of 30558 Garnett Albert Gripton of the 8th Service Battalion of the South Staffs Regiment with full details.
FREE TRIAL If anyone wishes to receive this newsletter every Sunday morning for the next eight weeks complete with all the details that have been omitted from these edited versions you are most welcome to do so without being a member by just contacting me at this email address.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 19th February 2017

19th February 2017
EVENTS This month’s speaker is the popular Mary Bodfish giving a talk on the life of Edward VIII under the title of ‘You Can’t Abdicate and Eat It !’ This Thursday, 23rd February, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Admission £1 including refreshments. Everybody welcome.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday as usual.
RESPONSES Roger Betts from Reading replies to Rosie Hodgett’s enquiry with the information on the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Newtown and the Jacobs Hall one in Landywood mentioning the connections with William Parsons and the Wigley, Wootton and the Whitehouse families.
The name ‘Mac Potts’ prompts John Turner to email that he lived in Pinfold Lane next door to them and giving details of his life with Gertie and their son, Albert.
And Don Savage recalls Maurice Stokes being a member of St Marks Youth Club and his memories include Barry Brough, John Underwood, Bill Glover, Shirley Nixon, Jennifer Homeshaw and Jean Benton. Also another colleague from Maurice’s days in The Melotones was Ron Wilkes
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS who hasn’t heard from him for over 60 years who also adds his memories. Copy of the book ‘A Guide to Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley Pubs’ by SJ Attwood, Marriage Certificates of Edward Christian Harvey & Alice Podmore (1937), Frederick Sydney Bates & Harriet Elizabeth Norman (1942), Aubrey Pugh & Margaret Winifred Birch (1953) and David Arthur Hewitt & Janet Mary Plant (1953).
23rd February 1967 Full details of the future of the Cheslyn Hay’s Community Association.
23rd February 1967 Match report of the Talbot’s 7-2 victory over the S.S.W.W. in the A J Eve Memorial Shield tie with the goalscorers.
24th February 1917 Henry James Gilbert, of Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay, met with fatal injuries at the Great Wyrley Colliery. Full details.
24th February 1917 A successful concert held in Salem Schools to augment the church funds with Miss Evelyn Taylor, Miss Elsie Brown, Dennis Woodhouse, and Arthur Wollaston.
24th February 1917 A Smoking Concert at the Rose and Crown with Mr Geo. Goodwin of Landywood, Mr Isaac Smith, Mr C Wesley, Mr C Brough, R Perks (violinist) and C Perks and J Pratt Jnr accompanists.
MEMORIES We continue with the interview this week with Cliff Titley of Berwyn Grove, and not, as I incorrectly stated last week, Cliff Turner.
Stories of the locals with George ‘Demon’ Follows, Albert ‘Arb’ Follows his son, ‘Persil ‘Parbrook from Littlewood, ‘Tompter’ Pearson, George Wootton, Cyril Pee, Walter Hackett, the butcher, Frank Hackett, and Edgar Hackett.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 12th February 2017

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 5th February 2017

5th February 2017    

EVENTS     Chat n Char this Thursday, 9th February starting at 10am as usual in the Salem ‘s Main Hall and Roger’s theme?  ‘All You Need is Love’.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome to view our archives as well as our collection of over 8,500 photographs with advice always at hand.

REQUESTS  No requests received this week.

RESPONSES  Following on from the tragic case of Marion May Bird, Vera telephones to say she was a classmate of Marion and that she was such a lovely, quiet unassuming girl and the event of 1959 and her thoughts of Marion and the tragedy still remain with her today.

Our researchers have looked into David’s request of last week re locating Mabel Brough, but she was not buried in either of the local cemeteries which our researcher, Jean, has confirmed and she adds three possible marriages as well as any Mabel Broughs recorded in local newspapers.

Just received this wonderful email from Mr Stephen Owen, who obviously appreciates local history.  ‘I live in a village in North Shropshire called Ruyton Eleven Towns close to a sandstone hill known as ‘The Cliffe’.  In previous centuries people quarried the stone to build the local houses but also people built dwellings against the quarried faces with some of these ‘buildings’ being occupied up to the start of the 20th Century.  Little now remains other than bits of wall in the woodland and lines of cut holes in the sandstone where floor joists or rafters were seated but in the soil surrounding these, remains can be found of the rubbish thrown away by those long gone residents.  My wife and I often walk in the area and find old bottles and jars etc but over Christmas we were finding bits of broken pottery near one former dwelling in the woods and came across two bits that fit together that seem to be from a plate or saucer from the Salem Church , Cheslyn Hay.  I just wonder how on earth it ended up where it did.’  Very generously Stephen has forward the pieces on to us and we are assuming that it must have been owned by one of Salem’s previous ministers who moved on to Ruyton and we are still investigating.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  The broken plate, as mentioned above, from ‘Salem Church Cheslyn Hay’.


9th February 1967  Details of the successful year of the Gingham Girls Entertainment Troupe with Annie Parsons and Carol Stevensetc with Mrs Hetty Brough
9th February 1967  Memories of Cheslyn Hay’s third oldest resident, 91 years old Mr Henry Lockett.

9th February 1967  Letter of complaint concerning the halt signs in New Horse Road from Mr A E Smith


10th February 1917  In connection with the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club and Institute a tournament of ‘All Fours’ took place naming all the winners.

10th February 1917  Details of a Tuesday evening when a large number assembled at the Institute, when the members entertained their neighbours from Bridgtown Institute.

10th February 1917  Details of one of the local collieries where a number of workmen were notified at the close of an examination that their services would be required for National Service in due course.

10th February 1917  Some few weeks ago it was decided to have a series of lectures at the Institute which started this week with two interesting addresses from the Rev R T Rowley and Mr H Cartwright of Station Street.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  We now complete the list of our 66 copies of ‘Memories’ always available in our Base Archives listed here together with their Archive Numbers – and they Together with Archive Numbers, they are – 1946/47 Stroll round the Village – Ray Franks (CH-MEM-28), Memories of Landywood – Michelle Horner (29), Village Games of Yesteryear – Alex Johnson (30), Golden Wedding of Mr & Mrs Joseph Stokes (31), Our Vanishing Village – Rick Bowring (32), Perambulating the Boundary of Great Wyrley (13 March 1823) – Glenys Hammond (33), White Gates in Dundalk Lane (34), Memories of an Old Boy – WJ Leeke (35), Reminiscences of Bygone Years 1946/47 – VJ Owen (36), True Wartime Story – Gordon Owen (37), Gladys Crutchley letter of 1976 – Floss Crutchley (38), My Smith Family of 4 High Street in the 1940s & 50s (39), Memories of the Isolation Hospital – Denise Fletcher (40),  Memory Lane – Betty Matthews (41), Memories of a Landywood Evacuee – Ray Fletcher (42), Life and Times of ‘Aer Reg’ – Reg Hollingsworth(43), My First Days at School – Alan Brown (44), Schooldays – Doug Barratt (45), Memories of Mick Drury (46), Early Years – Harold T Whitehouse (47), The Isolation Hospital – Joyce Drew (48), Cheslyn Hay & Great Wyrley – Rival Villages – Don Savage (49), Memories of a Wartime Evacuee – ‘Dave’ (50), Old Cheslyn Hay Names – Pamela Bate (51), John Weller – Evacuee (52), The Horton Family and the Dundalk Lane Cottages – Geoffrey Boulton (53), The Changing Scenes of Life – Phyllis Hallchurch (54), Memories of Christopher Hawkins (55), Ruth Mills Memories (56), Barbara Hodgson (57), Charles Walton, Pinfold Lane School Headmaster (58), Ted Mason’s Memories (59),  Boxer Charlie Towle (60), Wartime Memories of an Evacuee – Ray Fletcher (61), Dundalk Lane Cottages and the Horton Family – Peter Cadman (62), Middle Hill Hutments – John Husbands (63), John Turner (64), Snow Drift at Middle Hill – Phil Jones (65), Auntie Kath’s Diary – Diane Hallchurch (66).  Can also be purchased by our members for just £1 per A4 sheet plus postage (if required).

NEVILLE ADAMS   Another one of our long standing members, Neville, of New Street in Great Wyrley, passed away on Wednesday, 25th January, aged 85.  Having been born in Laney Green he has always been very much a local man, working at the smaller Cheslyn Hay pits such as the Spring Meadow and Landywood Collieries before being a supervisor of the Scrap Metal firm Smith & Barlow based at the Nook Colliery.  Quiet and unassuming he was always well respected by everyone.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 29th January 2017

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 22nd January 2017

22nd January 2017

EVENTS  We welcome the renown speaker and performing historian John S White as ‘The Medieval Executioner’ as our speaker on Thursday, 26th January, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Classed as a bit ‘gruesome’!  Admittance £1 including refreshments.

This years day trip will be to York on Thursday, 13th July at £21 per head to include entry into the Minster with a free guided tour to include the Museum, Treasury and the Crypts.  Only one coach this year so I’m afraid it’s first come, first served.  Please contact Roger if interested in reserving places – 01785 212412.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Last week Diana visited us to help in naming photographs in the Isaac Stokes Album and met up with Tony Cartwright for the first time since they were at Cannock Grammar School together, fifty years ago!

REQUESTS  Barry Farmer recalls that around 1960 someone named Marion May Bird was murdered, possibly on the towpath of the canal which used to go over the hill where the locks were above Churchbridge. We have nothing in our archives, so can anyone help?

RESPONSES  In his ‘Memories’ John Husband mentioned a lad named Melvyn who lived in the hutments at Middle Hill who he hasn’t seen for over 60 years, but we now have full details of him and they are arranging a long awaited get-together.
Also from Diana’s diary excerpts from last week, Lesley Marsh emails to say she remembers Ronnie Devereux and his family and relates her own recollections of her own.  And Moss adds more information to the school truancy officer, Harold Brough who lived on the corner of Station Street and what is now, Westbourne Avenue , opposite the New Inns pub.  He emails ‘Back when I was a kid, there was a wall running around his corner garden.  A small gang of us would often sit on that wall listening to a music group, including his son, playing in Mr Brough’s garage and I believe the group was called ‘The Diamonds”.  And he asks if anyone remembers this group and wahat happened to them.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  One of the Over 60s Club receiving cheque from the Cheslyn Hay WMC with Mr & Mrs Whittingham, Len Stanley, Mr Benton & Tanny Moore, an action photo of Charlie Moore in training with Manchester United and a St Marks Choir one with Jim Jones, Albert Read, Vic Middleton, Ian Middleton, Billy Glover, Ray Franks, Joe Laurence, Barry Brough, John Underwood, Len Pearce, Tony Read, Mr Turner, Keith Powney, – Bray, Maurice Walton, Peter Thomas, Jim Winfer, Bill Winfer, Maurice Stokes, Mr Charlton, Bill Perkins, Howard Perrins, Owen Whitehouse, Rev Tom Parker, Mr West, Mr Charnley, Tom Jones and several unnamed. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  A slim, extendable toasting fork from the 1940s.


26th January 1967  Cheslyn Hay Parish Council are seeking advice from the County Council on what they can do on condition of the road and path in Chapel Square  Full details reported.
26th January 1967  .Cheslyn Hay’s Roll of Honour to be renovated by children from Great Wyrley Secondary School .

26th January 1967  The New Inns Social Bowling Club story naming C Evans, G Fletcher, W Garrett, H Jones, H Williams, W Brough, R Franks, D Mason, H Lockett, B Walker, H Harvey, S Whitehouse, J Bird, F Franks, W Perry, W Follows, H Mason, Eli Hassall,  S Morris, Wm Garrett and A Ansell.

26th January 1967  The Salem had an audience of 100 for a performance of famous songs from popular musicals.  The entertainment had been billed as ‘Songs of the Shows’ and conducted by Mr Alan Williams, a section of the society sang songs from Gilbert and Sullivan works and the ‘Merry Widow’.


27th January 1917  Sgt W Altree, of the Grenadier Guards, home after being detained for many months in hospital with details of his life and Army career.

27th January 1917  William Bott and Elizabeth Bott were charged with indulging in obscene language at Chapel Square Cheslyn Hay with a full report of the accusations also involving Richard Roberts.

27th January 1917  Salem Church was on well filled for a sacred concert with Miss Janet Dews, Miss Elsie Brown, Mr Arthur C Blackshaw and Sergeant Percy Boot.

27th January 1917  Sympathy is extended to Mr Albert Cope, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay, in the severe loss he has sustained through the death of his wife with full details.

27th January 1917  John E Hart, butcher, Cheslyn Hay, was summoned for cruelty to pigs with witness George Follows, miner, of Mount Pleasant , Cheslyn Hay.  Extensive details of the case  and sentence.

GENERAL NEWS  Please ignore last week’s appeal re the building of houses in Saredon Road as I was misinformed and the leaflet in question was printed twelve months ago.  However the current proposal seemed to have already been accepted despite our Parish Council offering an alternative site.